Chewing on Mottahedeh’s Tobacco Leaf

IMG_3990Good Morning Lacquered Lifers! Today we’re going to spotlight on one of my favorite china patterns, Tobacco Leaf by Mottahedeh. This pattern has long been a favorite, and while I didn’t register for this pattern, it was definitely in the running. Honestly, I had gotten so excited about my own china patterns over last year, Herend Fish Scale and Meissen Ming Dragon, that I had almost forgotten my love of Tobacco Leaf … until I went to New Orleans this spring. It was in New Orleans that I popped into Leontine Linens, met the wonderful Jane Scott Hodges, and found myself starting right at the Tobacco Leaf pattern atop an extremely chic monogrammed placemat, and layered with an equally chic monogrammed napkin. See photo above. Tobacco 2The pattern, which was developed circa 1780, depicts a flowering tobacco leaf, which we all know was of extreme importance to colonial trade. Screen Shot 2014-11-03 at 10.27.10 AMAs I said above, my love affair with Mottahedeh’s Tobacco Leaf was rekindled when I visited the Leontine Linens showroom, however, that fire was stoked when I received my copy of Jane Scott Hodges’ Linens for Every Room and Occasion and saw that Tobacco leaf is featured prominently throughout its pages. Screen Shot 2014-11-03 at 10.27.16 AMScreen Shot 2014-11-03 at 10.27.07 AMThe best part? Jane Scott has paired Tobacco Leaf with Herend  Fish Scale. And it looks fabulous. Uh oh – I see a collecting opportunity here. Tobacco Leaf Rim Soup Bowls here I come.

Photos by Lacquered Life & Via Linens for Every Room and Occasion & Scully & Scully

Mottahedeh Tobacco Leaf is available at Scully & Scully

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  • I love the pattern, too, and was excited to find the tin version of this pattern available through the Metropolitan Museum of Art. They are perfect for picnics, patios, or dinner with toddlers (in my case)!

  • Brinkley… i was just going to mention the tin ones. they’re brilliant. apparently, annette de la renta used them by the 100’s for her daughter’s rehearsal dinner for her wedding.